County hires hearing examiner

— Okanogan County has a new hearing examiner to consider and make recommendations on land use affairs.

Dan Beardslee, a senior land use consultant for Erlandsen and Associates, was selected from two applicants. The other, Wenatchee-based attorney Andrew Kottkamp, has provided hearing examiner services for Bridgeport as well as Douglas, Chelan, Grant and Kittitas counties.

Beardslee will perform the job on a one-year trial basis. The county hasn’t had a hearing examiner since 1994.

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